Haldern Pop Festival, 2011
Even on a rather small festival like Haldern Pop it is possible to get lost. We initially planned to walk to the small, idyllic lake close to the festival site with the London-based songwriter Johnny Flynn (as we later did with ) when we met him for a session. But fences and a lack of orientation on our side wouldn’t allow us to get there quickly, and the necessary detours would have taken too much time, so we head back to our meeting point and decide to go for a tiny, yellow trailer near the small stage. Johnny – very relaxed and patient – sits down on the bed, takes his beautiful acoustic guitar and begins fingerpicking „Lost and Found“ from his last album „Been Listening“. It is certainly not the most charming location you could imagine this talented musician and songwriter (he is also an actor!) performing in, but on the other hand some of the stories Johnny tells in his songs might very well play in such a „Ramblin’ Man“ setting. Just let his soulful voice and guitar play carry you away!
Haldern Pop Festival
Once upon a time a few alter boys from the small town of Haldern based in the idyllic Lower Rhine region of West Germany organised a party. Their party eventually grew and the young men invited bands to play there. At some point the pastoral festivity turned out to be more of a music festival hosting a well worth seeing Indie pop line-up. Now every August many music enthusiasts visit Haldern with its’ less than 6000 inhabitants to enjoy their favourite bands on a former riding ring. When strolling from this bigger festival area to the town square, where Haldern Pop Bar with its’ smaller stage ist located, people pass cow and horse paddocks. The atmosphere is very relaxing and welcoming and even though the festival has become fairly popular, you can still recollect its’ pastoral roots: some shows take place in the local church!